Taken from Caring Bridge.org
The Glorious End of Cathy’s Journey
This is Ron writing again. One final post. My dearest partner of 48 years has been called home to glory. She left us about 6:50 PM on Tuesday evening, Sept. 12, 2017. Her hospital bed here at her beloved Stonehaven was surrounded by dear friends and family. It was truly a moment of deep joy juxtaposed with excruciating sadness. All of our children were able to be with her. At one never-to-be-forgotten moment on Saturday evening, we all gathered around her and sang some of her favorite songs to her and watched her respond with a tear.
Her final decline was very rapid. She was able to be out getting gorgeous at the hair dresser last Tuesday, and a week later she drew her last breath. We employed Hospice, and they were wonderful. Scores of friends stopped in to spend an hour or five sharing in the sweet sorrow of the round-the-clock vigil.
As I wrote in the last post, Cathy was living out the verse she had chosen as her life verse at age 16. She lived it out to the very last drop of her earthly life:
“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10).
She — more than anyone I’ve ever known — knew the fellowship of Jesus’ suffering. Like our Master, she continued to love people and serve them through the pain until it had silenced her voice. Romans 8:18 says that “the sufferings of this present world are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is to be revealed to us,” and in my precious Cathy’s case, that means that the glory she is now experiencing is indescribably exquisite!! I will live out the remaining days of my sojourn inspired and motivated by her incomparable example of determination to run the race and finish the course despite the pain.
As I wrestled through the challenge of watching her painful struggle while so many people came to bring loving tribute to her, I asked God, “What is going on here?” He showed me that this was larger than the earthly scene in front of us. Her last earthly days were filled with the amazing display of the words of our Lord: “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24). I have been witnessing a veritable explosion of fruit from the passing of this amazing lady. She touched a host of people!!
So many of you who have been following her posts are part of that host. May Cathy Kingham’s sweet fragrance linger in your heart for a long time, goading you to follow your calling.